Calif. Royalties Act Struck Down As Unconstitutional

Law360, New York (May 18, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge struck down the state's Resale Royalties Act as unconstitutional on Thursday, handing a major defeat to artists trying to recover royalties on sales of fine art from Christie's Inc., Sotheby's Inc. and eBay Inc.

U.S. Circuit Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen wiped out the entire statute, dismissing with prejudice three punitive class actions brought by artists Chuck Close and Laddie John Dill, the estate of Robert Graham and the Sam Francis Foundation.

Judge Nguyen –who was sitting by designation—sided with the auction companies,...
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Case Title

Estate of Robert Graham et al v. Sothebys Inc


Case Number

2:11-cv-08604

Court

California Central

Nature of Suit

Contract: Other

Judge

Michael W. Fitzgerald

Date Filed

October 18, 2011


Case Title

Sam Francis Foundation et al v. Christies Inc


Case Number

2:11-cv-08605

Court

California Central

Nature of Suit

Other Statutory Actions

Judge

Michael W. Fitzgerald

Date Filed

October 18, 2011


Case Title

Sam Francis Foundation et al v. eBay Inc


Case Number

2:11-cv-08622

Court

California Central

Nature of Suit

Other Statutory Actions

Judge

Michael W. Fitzgerald

Date Filed

October 18, 2011

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